Chilly Chili Cookoff winners announced |

Chilly Chili Cookoff winners announced

Tom Myers, Breckenridge Mountain Rotary

The real winner for Chilly Chili is Summit County as a lot of money was raised for Breckenridge Mountain Rotary to use in our many county projects, including BOEC, CMC scholarships, Friends or Dillon Ranger District and sponsorship of an exchange student at Summit High School.A major project of Rotary International are shelter boxes, which provide a box of emergency supplies, including a tent, water carrier, tools including a shovel, hammer and saw, and other emergency supplies. Over 30,000 boxes have been shipped to Haiti, with loading of the first plane commencing within 15 minutes of the announcement of the earthquake. The success of the event was due to the many volunteers, as well as the many restaurants and individuals who made chili for tasting, and by all the Summit residents who attended. There were over 40 cooks, some making two or even three different chilies, so there were over 50 chilies to taste. The list of people who made it a success is too long to print here, but here are the winners!People’s Choice – Voted on by guests attending the cook-offRED – First-place gold – Red, White & Blue Firefighters, Breckenridge; second-place – Dawn Bukaty, Breckenridge; third-place bronze – Joe Harvey, East Falmouth, Mass.GREEN – first-place gold – Jose Trujillo, Yampa; second-place silver – Cool River Coffee House, Breckenridge; third-place bronze – Julia Zemler Pistol Pete’s Chili, Colorado Springs.VEGGIE – first-place gold – Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House, Breckenridge; second-place silver – Red, White & Blue Firefighters, Breckenridge; third-place bronze – Friends of the Dillon Rangers – sponsored by Mountain Law Group.International Chili Society – Voted on by a panel of 14 judgesRED – first-place gold – Mick Weiss, Centennial; second-place silver – Erika Knutson, Johnston; third-place bronze – Bonnie Tamasek, Sedalia.GREEN – first-place gold – Erika Knutson, Johnstown; second-place silver – George Trujillo, Yampa; third-place bronze – Mike Rook, Littleton.SALSA – first-place gold – Kathy Weiss, Centennial; second-place silver – Steve Tomasek, Sedalia; third-place bronze – Doug Schwartz, CMC chef instructorSpecial thanks to Alpine Bank & Mountain Law Group, our two major sponsors, ResortQuest for providing a two-night stay for all five first-place Chili winners and to Summit Daily, KSMT, RSN & Comcast for publicizing our event.

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